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Greek Orthodox Church Gets American Leader

July 15, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

With Greek chants filling the cathedral, an American clergyman was enthroned in Buenos Aires as the Greek Orthodox Church's new spiritual leader for most of South America.

Monsignor Tarasios, a 45-year-old of Greek descent, was named Metropolitan of Buenos Aires and South America in a lush ceremony at the Dormition Cathedral.

"With great emotion and love for all, and with fervent prayers, I dedicate this solemn and sacred day to my brothers and the blessed people of the Holy Diocese of Buenos Aires," said Tarasios, who grew up in San Antonio.

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